19 November 2012

Title: Luminosity (Raven Chronicles #1)
Author: Stephanie Thomas
Publisher: Entangled Teen, 296 Pages (November 13th, 2012)
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Synopsis: My name is Beatrice. When I was born, I was blessed with the Sight. I was immediately removed from my parents and enrolled in the Institution. At the age of twelve, I had my first true vision, earning my raven’s wings. And when I turned seventeen, one of my visions came true. Things haven’t been the same since.

The Institution depends on me to keep the City safe from our enemy, the Dreamcatchers, but I’m finding it harder to do while keeping a secret from everyone, including my best friend Gabe. It is a secret that could put us all in danger. A secret that could kill me and everyone close to me.

But the enemy has been coming to me in my dreams, and I think I’m falling in love with him. He says they’re coming. He says they’re angry. And I think I've already helped them win.

Review: 3 Stars - Luminosity is the first installment in the Raven Chronicles by author Stephanie Thomas. Set in a dystopian world of enemies  - Seers and Dreamcatchers – are fighting for survival. One out to protect the Citizens and one dependent on them to stop their demise, Thomas has created a vast world with many mysteries that are only touched upon in the beginning of a new series.

Bea is a Seers. She was taken away from her parents at birth due to her violet eyes. Eyes that forever marked her and others like her as a Seer. Someone who gets visions of the future – sometimes clear and sometimes not. Bea just happens to be one who has very clear visions and it turns out to be both a good and bad thing. She lives in the Institution with other Seers from birth to help hone her visions and to help protect the Citizens in the village outside of the Institution. She has friends she can count on and she really finds she needs them when things change and the war finally begins.

The Keeper is a prominent character in the story, being that when one of Seers has a vision she is there to document what was seen and then interpret it. Which threw up many red flags for me. How can ONE person be responsible for this in a place filled with 100’s of kids and teens who are Seers and also, how is it that only ONE person is set to interpret said visions? Talk about blind faith and evil through and through.

The good and the bad about this one is the fact that it didn't feel like we learned much about the Seers OR the Dreamcatchers. I found myself confused along the way as to what was going on. Often this is what sells a book for me. One that keeps me guessing right through to the very end. However at the end I understand things better than I did at the beginning, which wasn't quite the case with Luminosity. See, this is what’s good and bad for me. I would have liked a little bit better understanding as to what the heck was going on! I was still confused right at the end.

However, the good in that is… while I only gave this title 3 stars, I still am ready to read more because I’m wanting to find out just who these Seers and Dreamcatchers REALLY are. I knew at the end that throughout this title that we were only catching a glimpse of what’s to come.

Okay, so I’ve been mentioning these Dreamcatchers a bit so I should touch on them in this review. From the bit we’ve learned so far, they are able to invade people’s dreams and use Citizens for, well, read the book to find out that bit of info. The Seers and Dreamcatchers have a history that’s only touched upon and I would have loved to have understand more of their pasts. Echo is a Dreamcatcher who’s as mysterious as much of this book. He gives Bea very cryptic messages of the future, which that in and of itself made me question a few things. With the introduction of Echo we were given an instant love triangle with Bea’s best friend Gabe. It was an interesting triangle to stay the least. Again, read the book to find out what I’m talking about.

One thing I did really enjoy was the snippets of what we did learn about the history of this world that Thomas has created and that of her characters. It was vastly different from anything that I've ever read before which is another massive plus for this one.

All in all, I loved how different it was and highly enjoyed the history that was sprinkled here and there giving us a taste of what’s to come in future installments. The characters were equally as mysterious as was much of the rest of the book. And I do highly enjoy a good mystery. While this title wasn't a 5 star read it’s not to say that I didn't enjoy what I read. I DID like it and would recommend this one for those readers out there who love a dystopian and are always eager to read a title that’s different through and through. Looking forward to seeing what happens next after that ending and I’m sure you will too! Enjoy.

About Stephanie: 

Stephanie Thomas has been writing ever since she could put letters together to form words. When she was a small child, she would present her mother and father with self-made newspapers filled up with make believe stories and pictures. Her love for writing followed her all throughout her schooling, where she entered and won writing contests of all sorts. Stephanie decided to become an English teacher and completed her B.A. at The Pennsylvania State University. While teaching, she later went on to get her Master’s in writing from The Johns Hopkins University. She completed her very first manuscript during her graduate studies, and by the end of the program, she had completed two more. Stephanie is quick to tell anyone that she’s a born and raised Philadelphian, and her heart will always belong there. She moved to Baltimore with her husband, and they’ve been living there for the last five years with their doggie, Sailor, and their rabbit, Buns (aka “T Sizzle). 

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  3. Sounds like a great book! Thank you!

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